Pulling up to the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) Carlsbad, CA headquarters members will notice a major new addition, state-of-the-art solar panels now cover NAMM’s parking lot. Following a nearly yearlong project, NAMM has installed 714 solar panels that will provide clean energy, shade, and power vehicles. The solar installation will cut NAMM’s operational electricity costs by more than 98 per cent, while providing shade to visiting NAMM members and NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music guests.
The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.
The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to making music therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information at www.musictherapytrust.ca.
Drummer’s Hangout celebrated its Grand Opening in Aurora, ON on Sept. 13th with a big turnout of guests from the GTA , in addition to the who’s who of Canadian drumming community including Sonor Artists Aubrey Dale, Chuck Keeping of Big Wreck, Dave Patel , Tim Timleck of Carole Pope, and Yamaha Artist Felix D-Kat Pollard, who put on a little show.
Award winning jazz guitarist Reg Schwager , joined by drummer Steve Farrugia and bass player Wesley Allen provided the live music for the guests.
NAMM members are now able to view the latest global music instrument and product sales trends in the 2015 NAMM Global Report, available on the NAMM website. The annual publication captures a snapshot of music industry sales figures from 23 countries, including retail sales figures, unit sales information, analysis, and import/export numbers for musical instruments and products.
The NAMM executive committee has welcomed Joel Menchey in his new role as secretary and honoured outgoing Chair Morton during the 2015 Summer NAMM show. The changing of the guard started Saturday, July 11 during the annual summer board meeting held in Nashville, TN.
Mark Goff, previously NAMM’s vice chair, will move into a new role as chair of NAMM’s Board of Directors. Goff is president of Paige’s Music, a school music retailer in Indianapolis, IN., which was founded in 1871. Goff joined the company in 1985 and purchased the business in 1999. “Like so many of my colleagues, NAMM has played a significant role in both my business and personal growth throughout my 30 years in the industry,” says Goff. “For that reason I am honoured and humbled to be elected chairman of NAMM’s board of directors and will work very hard to support NAMM’s mission of strengthening the industry and promoting music making to people of all ages.”
In an effort to build a community that will provide important tools for drum educators, cymbal maker Sabian has just announced the launch of the Sabian Education Network (SEN). Headed up by renowned educator Joe Bergamini, SEN is meant to provide an inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills.
SEN is open to all educators − from the private home studio teacher with a few students to a music school or educational institution. Sabian says educators who join SEN will get access to the SEN website, which hosts the SEN forum, resource library, and online events. SEN will also host live events throughout the world, featuring a panel of educators and drummers that will engage local teachers in an open exchange of ideas surrounding educational issues.